McDoodles Boot Camp - Two Week Program
The goal of our 2 week training program is to give your puppy a head start with basic training skills.
We introduce the puppy to the basics, but reinforcement will be necessary. Consistency once the puppy is home is the key to this program.
Who Should Attend
For those that are looking forward to working with their new puppy but want a little help getting started, the two week training session is for you.
We will make sure your puppy's first introduction into family life is focused on building good habits before bad ones have a chance to form.
This is our basic course and skills learned include getting your puppy accustomed to a daily crating routine that matches your schedule, knowing it's name, potty training, introduction to loose leash walking, basic manners such as waiting patiently for meals, sitting for attention, learning not to jump or bark rudely, and the commands "no bite, leave it, and off" are introduced and enforced. Your puppy will be socialized with cats, kids, adults of all kinds, etc. After the 2 week stay your puppy will be able to hold it 6-8 hours at night with fussing in the crate being minimal. All day, everyday, good manners are taught and reinforced. Rewards are given for all good behaviors to help the puppy build a great foundation for you to build on.
The Puppy's Developmental Stage
SOCIALIZATION PERIOD (7 - 12 WEEKS) AND FIRST FEAR IMPRINT PERIOD (8-11 WEEKS)
"LASTING IMPACT, RAPID LEARNING"
Dogs that are denied socialization during this critical period often become unpredictable because they are fearful or aggressive. It is during this time, that your dog needs to have positive experiences. They need to be introduced to new things and begin the groundwork to becoming a happy, well-adjusted dog.
BEGINNING AT 7 WEEKS OF AGE, WHAT IS GOING ON:
- The puppy has a short attention span.
- Things the puppy learns are permanent and are resistant to change.
- The puppy is eager to learn!
- What he does and learns now, he will do as an adult.
- The puppy's temperament and personality are more apparent.
- The puppy will be transitioning his education from his mother to his human environment.
BEGINNING AT 8 WEEKS AND ENDING AT APPROXIMATELY 11 WEEKS OF AGE, WHAT IS GOING ON:
- Any negative or fearful experience will have a lasting impact.
How Boot Camp Uses this to our Benefit
- We gently introduce the puppy to new environments and people, allowing his natural curiosity to overcome his fear.
- We teach the puppy that new experiences are opportunities to have fun. We involve toys, and treats, and affection to help motivate him.
- We are patient with the puppy and allow him to adjust at his own pace. We never become frustrated or push the puppy into a fearful situations.
- We are protective of the puppies and we never allow others to push the puppy beyond their comfort level or to be forceful with them.
- We are calm, confident and secure leaders who are comforting for the puppy to learn from.
- We teach the puppy that his family is there to protect and lead him. It is safe and rewarding for him to follow directions.
- Your puppy will receive around the clock, 24 hours / 7 days a week, care while in our Boot Camp program.
- At 8 weeks old when your puppy goes to boot camp, he will receive his first months heartworm preventative and flea control. We will document this date on your puppy's shot record.
- Your puppy will live in the home of your assigned trainer.
- Your puppy will be past the initial adjustment period of being away from the litter.
- Your puppy will be on a schedule of eating, drinking, and going potty to make house training much easier. You will receive a copy of this schedule before your puppy comes home.
- Your puppy will be introduced to bell training and taught to ring their poochie bells to alert you they need to go out to potty.
- Your Puppy will be crate trained. Meaning, in most cases, your puppy can hold his/her potty and remain quiet overnight and for a few hours during the day.
- Your puppy will know these key teaching words "good", "off", "okay" "att att" and "leave it" to aid in communication.
- Problems such as jumping up, mouthing (puppy nipping), chewing and "off" will be worked on and usually pretty well under control at the end of the two weeks.
- Your puppy will be familiar with taking treats and following commands.
- Your puppy will be used to wearing a collar and leash. Many new puppy owners don't realize how important this is in the training process, and how it does not come natural to a puppy. It must be taught before the puppy can progress in his/her training.
- Your puppy will be introduced to, and be comfortable with, the training obedience commands of knowing his name, "sit", "down" and "come."
- Your puppy will be taught to walk into his crate willingly for a treat when you tell him to "go to bed." You will need to introduce him to his crate in your home prior to bed time.
- Your puppy will be asked to sit and wait before exiting his crate. The puppy's impulse control is just developing after 2 weeks of Boot Camp and you will need to build on this at home.
- Your puppy will be asked to sit and wait while you put on his leash. The puppy does not have a lot of patience at this stage, and will need to be gently reminded and rewarded consistently for his efforts.
- Your puppy will be asked to sit and wait for his bowls to be put on the floor. The puppy is excited for meal time and you will need to work on being consistent and lengthening the time he is able to wait at home.
- Your puppy will be transitioned from their litter to living with family.
- Your puppy will be conditioned to be patient for basic grooming and maintenance. We give weekly baths, at least twice a week brushing, ear cleaning, nail trimming and teeth brushing.
- Your puppy will receive socialization throughout the day with children and other household pets.
- Your puppy will be introduced to and socialized with cats.
Communicating with your Trainer
- You will receive "I made it to boot camp" pictures when your puppy is picked up by his trainer.
- At 9 weeks you will receive pictures and a progress report from your trainer.
- At 10 weeks - before your puppy comes home, you will receive a video of your trainer and puppy showing off all of the commands learned in boot camp, riding in a car, walking on leash, socializing, etc. This video is something you can refer back to for training tips all throughout puppyhood.
- Unlimited access to your trainer for any questions that you may have.
- Moss Creek's Deluxe Boot Camp puppy go home bag. It includes the famous Moss Creek Goldendoodle canvas bag, nice collar and leash, extra toys, Starmark Bento Ball, 2 highly rated puppy books we recommend, Firm-Up, hollow sterilized bone or antler, bag of food, blanket that smells like your puppy's Mom, Poop bag container with bags, NuVet Vitamins, etc.